Why are We So Sleep Deprived, and Why Does It Matter?

As many as 70 million Americans may not be getting enough sleep. Men get fewer hours of sleep than women. Akos Nagy/Shutterstock.com By Dr. Michael S. Jaffee / 03.07.2018 Vice Chair, Department of Neurology University of Florida As we prepare to “spring forward” for daylight saving time on March 11, many of us dread the loss[…]

Leon Battista Alberti and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea in Mantua

Leon Battista Alberti, Basilica of Sant’Andrea, 1472-90, Mantua (Italy) (photo: Steven Zucker, CC: BY-NC-SA 3.0) By Dr. Heather H. Horton / 08.09.2015 Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design Pratt Institute Mantua’s relic In the Fifteenth Century, pilgrims flocked to the Basilica of Sant’Andrea to venerate the most famous relic in the[…]

Leon Battista Alberti and the Palazzo Rucellai of Renaissance Florence

Leon Battista Alberti, Palazzo Rucellai, c. 1446-51, Florence (Italy) By Christine Zappella / 08.09.2015 PhD Student in Medieval and Early Modern Art University of Chicago Humanist architecture for a private home Leon Battista Alberti, Palazzo Rucellai, c. 1446-5, Florence (Italy) By 1450, the skyline of Florence was dominated by Brunelleschi’s dome. Although Brunelleschi had created[…]

Feasting Rituals: A Crucial Step Toward Civilization

Coming together for a solstice feast in ancient Peru. Robert Gutierrez, Author provided How did civilization emerge from small groups of hunter-gatherers? Some archaeologists focus on cooperation as the vital ingredient – and find evidence for it in the form of feast-related artifacts. By Dr. Charles Stanish / 07.03.2018 Professor of Anthropology University of South Florida “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is one of the earliest texts known in[…]

Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Development and Adaptation

Artist’s vision of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) in a late Pleistocene landscape in northern Spain. Mammoths were hunted by prehistoric humans. / Photo by Mauricio Antón, Wikimedia Commons To say anything meaningful about prehistoric hunter-gatherers and their way of life, their developments and adaptations throughout time must be highlighted. By Emma Groeneveld / 12.09.2016 Historian Hunter-gatherer[…]